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Old 10-06-2003, 05:53 PM
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front end strut

What is it?

Dealer says right front end strut is leaking.
He says it takes $500 (parts + labour).
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Old 10-06-2003, 06:04 PM
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I'm sure he meant the shock absorber. Would help to know what car you're talking about.

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Old 10-06-2003, 06:12 PM
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1992 W124 300D 2.5 turbo sedan
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Old 10-06-2003, 06:19 PM
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Can I make a deal for service cost?

For example, an independent said $400 for replacing parking brake system, but dealer said $800.
Can I ask dealer to reduce price?
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Old 10-06-2003, 06:48 PM
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Maybe if you're a really good repeat customer they'll do something for you. Otherwise I'd only recommend asking if your psyche is such that having a dealer laugh in your face won't scar you for life. There might be an MB club or AAA discount you can use.

What's wrong with the independent shop?

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Old 10-06-2003, 07:13 PM
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I recently went to an independent for regular maintenance.

I asked them to do everything listed under the maintenance.

The independent was nice. He replaced some things that is required at 30000 mile maintenance, though it was 15000 mile maintenence. He charged less than what he told me on the phone.

He said parking brake needed to be repaired and it would cost about $400, but I posponed the job.

However, I later found there is very noticeable imbalanced and uneven tire wear.
Inspecting tire is listed under the maintenence. However, the mechanic did not tell me anything about tire.

This may indicate that he did all the required replacements, but he did not do required inspection carefully.

Hm.




This time, I was simply busy and went to dealer because dealer was located much closer.

This was not regular maintenance. Just to repair some things.

The dealer said he would not be able to give estimate without seeing the car. I left the car Friday morning, and now I got estimate. He said $800 for parking brake repair - double the price of the independent -.
I was surprised.

He also found things that I did not ask at all.
He said that front strut leaked, and that transmission fluid pan gasket leaked. He said these were physical leak that could be seen very easily.
He said the strut replacement would be $500.

I am not sure whether this is good or bad.
Should I be happy because the dealer found problem?
But I am not happy because I have to spend money.

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Old 10-06-2003, 08:24 PM
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Stuts are $108.00 each at Fastlane.
I had the front stuts replaced on my W124 a few months ago. Total repair time 1.4 hours.
Transmission oil gasket replacement : 0.5 hour of labor tops
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Old 10-11-2003, 11:09 AM
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This is the price I was charged.


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FRONT DAMPER STRUTS LEAKING
REPLACED FRONT DAMPER STRUTS

TECH(S):379 $330
124-320-53-30 SHOCK ABSORB $152 x 2

TOTAL LABOR & PARTS $634
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TRANSMISSION FLUID LEAKING

REPLACED PAN GASKET AND REPLACED FILTER

TECH(S): 379 $165
126-277-02-95 OIL FILTER $18
201-271-03-80 GASKET, VALVE $7
ATF TRANSMISSION $3.99 x 7
007603-010100 RING, GENERAL $0.40 x 2
CK CARB CLNR $3.90

TOTAL LABOR & PARTS $222.63
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